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Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Boston, MA
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Ranked #69 of 212 Attractions in Boston
Type: Bridges
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

First time we saw this bridge was when we were crossing Charles river on Charlestown bridge. It's a modern architecture style and it was named in honor of Boston's civil rights leader, Leonard Zakim.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The Zakim bridge is my favorite bridge in Boston. It's the perfect gateway to Charlestown/ the North End/ West End. It's striking at any time of the day, particularly at dusk and sparkling at night. I pass under the bridge on my way home from work everyday and it's a nice walk, much less crowded than along the streets. You... More

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
51 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Boston is one of the oldest cities in US, but that doesn't mean that stopped in time. Quite the contrary. This bridge is just one example for it! Very modern architecutre. If you decide to follow the Freedom Trail, you'll definetely see it!

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Portland, Maine
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366 reviews 366 reviews
238 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The beautiful cable-stayed highway bridge carries ten lanes of I-93 and is 1,432 feet (436.5 m) long. Its main span is 745 feet (227.1 m) long and 183 feet (55.8 m) wide. Its back spans are 267 feet (81.4 m) on its southern end (downtown) and 420 feet (128 m) on its northern end (Charlestown). Its elegant and asymmetrical design... More

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I may be a little non-objective: first - because I live in Boston area and see that bridge regularly, second - because I know of how that bridge was designed and build from inside out. It was an enormous technical and architectural task to put a relatively short and wide bridge, and it is ended up so good. Must see.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We first saw the bridge in the intro to Rizzoli and Isles, then while we were in Boston walking the freedom trail we saw it again from near the Copp's Hill burying ground. It would have been easier to find the approach to the bridge if we had known its name. The important information to find the bridge is that... More

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San Diego, California
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18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Everyone just calls this the Zakim Bridge--or if you're cool and lazy, the "Z" bridge. They couldn't agree on what to name it, so they added the Bunker Hill part afterwards. It just makes it confusing, but name aside, it really is a pretty bridge, and compared to the ugly thing that was there before it, it's extra lovely and... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

What a great spot for night photography! When the bridge is all lit-up, it's truly stunning. It looks ok during the day, but it really transforms itself at night. Advice: As a woman visiting Boston alone, I did not feel safe in that area at night. The Bruins had just won a game and a lot of people were drunk... More

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The structure is ungodly ugly and far too modernistic for an old city like Boston. I wish the architect had tried to blend with the city rather than building a monument to himself.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

The bridge looks beautiful but it is an arm of the BIG DIG and because of that I avoid it at any cost. I seriously question it's safety. I can see it from my house and I admire it daily, especially at night when it is lit up.

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